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Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Use of ICT in college libraries in Karnataka, India: a survey


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Title:Use of ICT in college libraries in Karnataka, India: a survey
Author(s):B.T. Sampath Kumar, (Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga, India), B.S. Biradar, (Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga, India)
Citation:B.T. Sampath Kumar, B.S. Biradar, (2010) "Use of ICT in college libraries in Karnataka, India: a survey", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 44 Iss: 3, pp.271 - 282
Keywords:College libraries, Communication technologies, India, Library automation
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00330331011064267 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors wish to thank Kuvempu University for providing necessary funds for the completion of this project.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of information communication technology (ICT) in 31 college libraries in Karnataka, India by investigating the ICT infrastructure, current status of library automation, barriers to implementation of library automation and also librarians' attitudes towards the use of ICT.

Design/methodology/approach – Data-gathering tools used included questionnaire, observation and informal interview with selected college librarians.

Findings – Application of ICT in Indian college libraries has not reached a very high level. Lack of budget, lack of manpower, lack of skilled staff and lack of training are the main constraints for not automating library activities. Even though library professionals have shown a positive attitude towards the use of ICT applications and library automation, they need extensive and appropriate training to make use of ICT tools.

Originality/value – This is a comprehensive study on the use of ICT in Indian college libraries. Its findings should help college librarians, local government and also the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.



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